Paul Grant and Dean Murdoch photos.
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Torque Systems will be posted Tuesday.
The potential for one of the best premier event
of the year at MRP was the victim of rain on Sunday, after a fantastic
In short, the jet dragsters Volcano and rocked,
especially under the lights in run #2 (Chuck Haynes left before
the tree was activated in his first run), setting the BC record,
with a great 5.13/311.41 mph blast.
In the afternoon run, Kurt White went 5.80 @ 270
mph while it looked like Chuck had him covered by a huge margin
the fact he rolled through the beams before the tree was activated
kept what was likely the first 300 mph blast. In the second one
he made no mistake, blasting an out of the province 5.13 311 while
Kurt went 5.78@279 mph.
What do I like better the jet Funny Cars or the
Jet Dragster? Well I like them both, and I have a buddy, Derek Snelson
driving a flopper, but if I was a track operator, I would pick the
dragster, simply because when the crowd saw that 300+ come up on
the board they went wild. I am a speed freak as well, and the dragters
just do it for me.
An added bonus for the fans and unadvertised was
the MR Explosive Nitro Funny Car, coming out and putting on a great
show as well. Mark Sanders with young gun tuner Jake "the Snake"
Sander calling the shots put down to awesome laps. After blazing
the tires on his first laps, Jake made a few adjustments and the
old man turned uin a great 6 flat at just over 239mph. In run #2,
Mark threw down his quickest ever lap, a great firstname.lastname@example.org to give
the local (ya they are from Washington state but they call this
their home track) team a real shot in the arm, heading down to the
California Hot Rod reunion in a months time.
Another Washington state driver, Marshall Dawson
in a Firebird Pro Mod was out getting licensed as well.
The Wheelstanders put on a great show both in the
afternoon session and under the lights. Local rookie, Mike "Nitro"
Kunz was easily equal to the task on his two laps copared to what
Rick Marcum laid down, as Mike after perhaps first run jitters where
he was basically business like, making a half track squirt and then
coming back and going 13 seconds at 88 mph then going to the end
of the track to be picked up by his crew. Marcum and the legendary
Ed "The Outlaw" Jones both made it theirs a six or seven
minute performance to the delight of the fans, particilarly Jones
who has a very quick wheelstanding stage coach, and fire shooting
out of his headers. Throwing out Jelly Belly candies (his sponsor)
to the kids (and big kids) is a huge hit as well. On the second
lap, Under full darkness, they (particularly Jones) really put on
a show throwing the flames out and ripping down the track at over
100mph. Marcum was the slowest of the three, going 14 second at
85 mph. Jones and Marcum were side by side on both runs and both
went around 1500 feet. in run #2. Kunz just prior to them on his
second lap, had a conversation with yours truly and I said to him,
" remember the wheeslstanding gig is not real racing and
it is about the show, so lay down a long run and then come on back
for a short wheestanding squirt and perform for the spectators back
at the starting line, instead of going back down to the end of the
track". He did exactly what we talked about, and laid down
the longest rear wheel run I have seen, around 1700 feet and came
back to the delight of the crowd. The long time pros have nothing
on the Kunz, Murphy and Grocock in the "Wheelie Fun" Cameo
The Pro Street series CPSA, proved that the National
Open was no fluke as the great turnout of cars (for the second time)
made their group one to watch, and two of the top hitters were not
there (Brian Lane and Jay Syvertsen).
The first round of qualifying looked very promising
as Mark Wolfe in the very bad twin turboed Thunderbird laid down
a 6.70. Garrett Richards did the same, Rash Dhaliwal went 6.80 and
Don Murray along with Lyle Kennedy were both in the low sevens.
The second session saw bad news from Richards as he was unable to
make any more laps.
He lifted the heads of his pickup and was done for
the weekend. Frank Tamez in his monster engined (825 in) Mustang
was getting closer to getting the behemoth off the starting line,
Wolfe repeated, Dhaliwal found a couple hun, Don Murray went his
fastest ever, a great 214 mph lap initiated by a 6.93, Kennedy repeated,
Keith Korecki was still sorting out his Shelby and Ken Sihota added
nitrous for the first time was was sorting that deal out. The evening
session was stellar, as Tamez ripped off a career best 6.66@210mph,
Dale Peterson laid down a great 7.11 (also a career best ) at a
oh so close 198 mph. And Ken Sihota went 7.65@194.
The Open Comp class was a little light this weekend
as was the 10.5 Outlaw class, but the CPSA seems to be like the
CMDRA group, where it is the big dogs (Top Fuel Harleys) or nothing.
Unfortunately the rain prevented any more improvement
Sunday morning for their final qualifier. I havre not heard if they
will try and make up a rain date in two weeks or at the end of the
Qualifying after Saturday
Frank Tamez '07 Mustang 813 (all motor) Sonnys Hemi
Mark Wolfe '94 T-bird twin turbo 419 SB Ford 6.710/214.84
Rash Dhaliwal '01 Mustang Procharger 417 SB Ford 6.782/192.51
Garret Richards '06 Siverado pu blown 450 Chev 6.790/199.91
Don Murray '63 Vette sngl turbo 526 BBC 6.936/214.03
Dale Pedersen, '83 Buick twin turbo 414 SBC 7.110/198.36
Lyle Kennedy, '95 Monte Carlo blown 540 BBC, 7.192/193.21
Keith Korecki, '67 Shelby Mustang nitrous 714 Ford 7.258/192.92
Ken Sihota '00 Firebird nitrous 615 BBC 7.652/194.30
Canada West Doorslammers
Jim's Automotive presented the CWDS event this
past weekend at Mission Raceway.
For the first time in the last few events were was
a big challenge to Terry Spargo's reign at the top of the qualifying
heap. Barry Daniluck debuted his all new Jerry Bickel built 5868
Camaro with a huge Ron Miller 820 cu in Wedge powerplant between
the frame rails. A couple testing laps a week ago in Missouri, were
the only laps in the car prior to his first lap down the track Saturday.
His first run was a great 6.781/203.57 that put him at the top.
Spargo shook and struggled just off the line in
his first lap, he peddled it and ran a respectable 7.60/199. Not
what the et champ wanted. In round two, Daniluk improved by a hundredth
to a 6.771/202.79. Spargo lined up against him for their first ever
side by side and it was the quickest side by side Canada West Doorslammer
run ever. Spargo went 6.804 at 205.15 for top speed of qualifying
so far. In the final qualifier, Spargo improved by a hundredth (I
would have that with the great air at 7:30pm that he would have
been in the low 70's) to a 6.798/203.98.
Daniluk continued to inch quicker, this time a solid
6.756/203.52. He has et bragging rights but as most would say the
mph is the true gauge of hp, and Spargo held a slim edge with his
previous 205+lap. Unfortunately like the other classes they did
not get down the track Sunday due to the weather, so in two weeks
the battle lines will extend as a double header is in the works.
22 cars made qualifying attempts and 20 are in the
field so far.
Field so far
1 Barry Daniluk
2 Terry Spargo
3 Greg Anderson
4 Mike Bedsworth
5 Dean Woods
6 Brian Kikel
7 Terry Shuflita
8 Grant Klohn
9 Grant Howell
10 Layne Wooley
11 Kevin Lance
12 Rob Charlton
13 Dave Richardson
14 Dave Warren
15 Glen Norman
16 Terry Langdon Davies
17 Ken Kruger
18 Zak Clarke
19 Tom Montgomery
20 Randy Arlitt
21 Cody Liwiski
22 Shane Wangler